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PLANKINTON — An Aurora County woman was ordered to serve 18 months in prison for her role in the sexual abuse of a teenage girl. Elizabeth Thomas, 37, of Plankinton, was sentenced Wednesday to two years, six months suspended, for sexual exploitation of a minor. The sentencing was in connection with group sexual activity involving a then-13-year-old girl, according to the Aurora County Clerk of Courts Office. She was also ordered to pay $104 in court costs.
Dakota Wesleyan University Vice President of Marketing and Communications Lori Essig has retired, the university announced Wednesday. Essig has been with DWU since 1999. In her tenure, she has overseen strategic institutional marketing and communications efforts in various departments for the university, and helped facilitate special events such as the dedication of the McGovern Library and arranging transportation for former President Bill Clinton during a campus visit.
LOWER BRULE — A trial is pending for a Lower Brule man who was charged with assaulting a victim with a wood board. Kyle Flute, 28, pleaded not guilty on Monday after being indicted for assault with a dangerous weapon, robbery and assault resulting in serious bodily injury, according to the U.S. Attorney's office.
CHAMBERLAIN — An area man did not receive jail or prison time after admitting to assaulting someone with a machete. Rodney Rohrbach, 49, of Chamberlain, was sentenced this month to 30 days in jail, all suspended, for simple assault, in which he was accused of cutting someone with a machete. Rohrbach was also ordered to pay $84 in fines and court costs. Although he won't face immediate jail time, Rohrbach was ordered to continue to attend counseling and avoid alcohol for one year.
The Daily Republic won 10 first-place awards and 17 overall in The Associated Press' Great Plains News and Photo Contest, it was announced Wednesday. The Daily Republic competed in the medium size-newspaper category. Eleven newspapers from Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota submitted 351 entries in the contest which featured news, feature and sports stories and photos published during 2016. The Associated Press is a not-for-profit news cooperative representing 1,400 newspapers and 5,000 broadcast stations in the United States.
RELIANCE — One man sustained serious, non-life threatening injuries Monday in a one-vehicle crash. A 69-year-old male driver was traveling north at 3:34 p.m. on South Dakota Highway 47, one mile south of Interstate 90, when his vehicle went off the roadway, went through a ditch, into two ravines, a pasture and eventually stopped in a cornfield, according to officials. The South Dakota Department of Public Safety said he was treated at a Chamberlain hospital and eventually transported to a hospital in Sioux Falls.
LAKE ANDES — Firefighters have responded to a blaze on the east side of Lake Andes three times between Sunday evening and Monday. According to Lake Andes Fire Chief Rod Bergin, an old, abandoned home started on fire at approximately 4:30 p.m. Sunday on the east side of town, near the lake. The blaze spread to a shelterbelt that has continued to reignite, Bergin said, forcing officials to return to knock down the flames. About 22 firefighters from the Lake Andes and Ravinia fire departments were on scene for about five hours Sunday. They returned twice Monday.
A vehicle that was reported stolen in Huron was recovered Sunday evening in Mitchell when the vehicle's owners were in town for a graduation party and noticed it. Bo Burkel, 25, of Woonsocket, was arrested for possession of stolen property, a Class 4 felony, when police located him driving a black Ford F-150 in the area of the 1401 South Main trailer park, court documents state.
VIVIAN — A Vivian man was charged with first-degree murder of a 7-week-old infant. Gerald Raymond Brink, 36, faces life in prison or death for his alleged involvement in the May 4 death of an infant, according to a press release from the state Attorney General’s office. Brink, who was arrested on Saturday, was charged with one count of first-degree murder.
Several small items dot the Davison County Commission's Tuesday agenda. At the five-person board's 9 a.m. meeting on Tuesday, the commission will consider items varying from grant applications to out-of-county jail contracts and the potential approval of a new road name. The commission will meet at the Davison County North Offices at 1420 N. Main St. for the meeting scheduled to last until at least 11:15 a.m. Agenda items The commission will consider the following agenda items: